No Greater Love Than To Lay Down Your Life for Friends in Aurora

Every time I read about this story I can't help but think how incredible this was. There wasn't just one person who gave up his life for another in Aurora Colorado, but three people, who died in place of a friend. This story for some reason reminds me of the story about Arland D. Williams…

A Look at The Pericope Adulterae from John 7:53-8:11

I was quite troubled the first time I heard someone say, years ago at this point, that the story about Jesus and the woman caught in adultery was not inspired Scripture, and thus didn't belong in the Bible. Of course it troubled me, but I did nothing about trying to understand why this story was…

Is True Christianity Represented on CNN, Discovery, and History Channel?

Can we really know the true meaning of Christianity today? The answer of course, is an emphatic yes, of course we can, but the answer always seems to change depending on who you ask. Our culture is filled with blogs and news articles like the CNN "Belief Blog" and the Washington Post "On Faith" section, which…

Look in the Rearview Mirror God is Pursuing a Relationship With You

I love this shot, it just feels like my life over the past few months, and it makes a great photo of the day today. I took this shot with my iPhone on the way to work in the rain a few weeks ago, and in a blur of motion, when I looked in the…

What is Maundy Thursday Other Than Communion and Feet Washing?

We hear this all the time, come to worship, or come to God being expectant or with an expectant heart, but what should we be expecting, and what exactly is Maundy Thursday? For several years now this week has been a time of the year I look forward to all throughout the year. Holy Week,…

I AM Lenten Reader, Spoils :: Lent Day 6

Day 6 :: Friday, March 15, 2011, Working for Spoils Read John 6.25-29. What are you working for that spoils? Practice confession by writing those pursuits here. Contemplation Over Day 6 This is such a hard question to answer, it's like trying to come up with a list of daily sins that you committed. I…

The “I AM” Lenten Reader During This Season of Lent

My last blog post, What is Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent?, I wrote an explanation of what Ash Wednesday and the Lent season is all about, so this post I'm giving a more concrete action step of what some do to observe the season of Lent, but more specifically what our church is doing…

The "I AM" Lenten Reader During This Season of Lent

My last blog post, What is Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent?, I wrote an explanation of what Ash Wednesday and the Lent season is all about, so this post I'm giving a more concrete action step of what some do to observe the season of Lent, but more specifically what our church is doing…

Are There Different Degrees of Sin? The Greater Sin of John 19:11

Do you think there are varying degrees of sin? Isn't all sin equal in God's eyes? Lying is the same as stealing, it's all sin to God, right? I was always under the assumption that all sin was created equal, having this drilled into my thought process for almost 40 years until I came to…

The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus in John 17:1-26

John 17:1-26 is often referred to as “The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus”, found only in the book of John, and is the longest prayer given by Jesus presented to us in the New Testament.  In a three-part series, teacher and preacher Bob Deffinbaugh from Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas, walks through this “Priestly…